An NGO plans to launch a program for alternative learning of poor children, knowing that the students as well as the DepEd will need all the help it could get from everyone.
After all, no matter how noble and impressive the plans for ‘blended’ learning might be by the Department of Education (DepEd), it is also a sad reality that there will be many learners who will be left behind the others this school year.
The DepEd plans to implement ‘blended’ learning so that the students can still learn while they stay at home. Lessons will be done via online options and through printed learning materials the DepEd plans to distribute with the help of local government units (LGUs), particularly barangay officials.
But many parents express concern that they would be unable to teach their children due to lack of time or teaching experience. Others cite lack of gadgets; though the DepEd assures that printed learning materials will be provided for everyone.
“Project ARAL or Access to Resources to Alternative Learning plans to provide instructional audio content, videos, posters, and other educational and communication materials parents and caregivers can use in teaching their children,” explained Atty. Alberto Muyot, the CEO of Project ARAL.
The NGO plans to launch the pilot program in Caloocan, Navotas, and Malabon.
“Kami po ay naglalayon na mabigyan po ng access iyong mga bata doon po sa quality basic education kahit na po panahon nitong pandemic at hindi po sila makapunta sa eskuwelahan. We don’t want to leave any child behind,” added Muyot.
“Ang mahirap po kasi, is that kung gagawin na po nating online, mayroon pong mga bata na ma-e-exclude. Kaya nga po ang atin pong pinu-push ay iyong tinatawag po talagang blended, iyong pagsamahin po natin ang both online at saka iyong offline learning.”
Muyot explained that there will be modules provided for pre-primary learners and elementary students alike. The students will be provided with hard copies of educational materials. But those without smartphones or access to the internet will be provided with MP3 players and other relevant devices to aid in their learning.
“We hope that if it succeeds, it can be replicated in other local government units,” said Muyot. “It takes a village to raise a child,” Muyot said.
The project will be implemented with coordination with DepEd division offices and child development centers in the project areas.